Supplementary Estimates (B) 2018-19

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Supplementary Estimates (B) 2018-19 seeks an additional $6.2 billion in budgetary authorities: $2.5 billion in spending which requires Parliament’s approval and $3.7 billion for which legislative permission already exists.

Including the 2018-19 Main Estimates and Supplementary Estimates (A), the total proposed year-to-date budgetary authorities is $291 billion, which represents a $21 billion (7.7 per cent) year-over-year increase.

Major spending items in these estimates include:

  • Personnel costs totalling $3.5 billion, most of which is a top-up to the Public Service Superannuation Account ($3.1 billion) and employee benefits ($0.2 billion).
  • $323 million for Veterans Affairs Canada to improve services to veterans and their families.
  • More than 31,000 debts written off for unrecoverable Canada Student Loans, totalling $163.5 million.

Despite the Government’s efforts, the speed of implementing Budget measures is largely unchanged from the previous year.  To date, the Treasury Board (TB) has approved and allocated $4.3 billion for 113 Budget 2018 measures. This represents 75 per cent of the total number of measures having received funding and 62 per cent of the associated spending.

In comparison, by this time last year, PBO identified 70 Budget 2017 measures that had been brought forward in the estimates documents. This represented approximately three-quarters of the total Budget 2017 measures, but almost all (95 per cent) of the associated spending, indicating that the speed of Budget measures implementation has slowed. 

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